More than 40 countries, including many of the poorest, have thus far produced Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in response to the international initiative led by the World Bank. The major donor agencies are now realigning their aid strategies around these documents.
One key element in the successful implementation of a PRSP is the establishment of an effective monitoring system that can both guide the implementation process and allow ongoing evaluation of the outcomes. Henry Lucas has been involved in a series of research and consultancy activities to determine the appropriate design of such systems.
A Discussion Paper was produced in 2005 by Henry Lucas on the current state of poverty reduction strategy monitoring systems. The paper was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development Poverty Analysis and Monitoring Team. It reviews recent literature on monitoring Poverty Reduction Strategies with discussions on four areas:
- institutional arrangements
- the role of non-governmental organisations
- implementation and intermediate output monitoring
- using results.